Leamington SpaRoyal Leamington Spa (or Leamington Spa or simply Leamington) is a large spa town in the West Midlands region of England, close to the cities of Coventry and Birmingham, part of the United Kingdom.
Leamington Spa is an attractive spa town notable for its fine Regency architecture and parks. Like Bath and Cheltenham, Leamington owes much of its grandeur to its development as a fashionable resort in the early nineteenth century, catering for those who believed its spring waters could cure or ease their ailments.
Leamington was laid out as a new town in the early to mid-nineteenth century, with features characteristic of modern planned towns including wide streets based predominantly on a north/south aligned grid. It was built on the site of a much smaller and older village called Leamington Priors, from which 2 buildings still remain - situated just East of the parish church.
Modern Leamington serves primarily as a commuter town for Coventry and Birmingham, with its population boosted during term time by students from the nearby University of Warwick.
Coventry Airport (CVT) is about 10 miles / 20 minutes journey by car, though was closed to commercial traffic in December 2009.
(BHX), is larger and not too far away and serves the region with frequent domestic and international flights. There are several direct arrivals a day from all major UK and European destinations, and one or two from more far-flung places such as Delhi, Dubai (twice daily), Islamabad, Luxor, New York and Toronto.
By trainLeamington Spa station is on the line between London Marylebone and Birmingham, and is a relatively short distance from Coventry, which is on the main line between London Euston and Birmingham New Street. It is also on the Cross Country Bournemouth to Scotland/Northern England line giving it good North/South connections.
Leamington Spa is well served by buses. The No. 12 bus travels between Sydenham-Leamington Spa-Kenilworth-Coventry, including Coventry City Centre, Coventry Rail Station, the University of Warwick and Kenilworth on its route.
From the centre of Leamington it is only 3 miles to the M40 which links the town to Birmingham (North) and London (south-east). There is also the A46 close by, which links Leamington to Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon.
The centre of Leamington is compact and easily walkable, but the Parade in particular is well served by local buses.
The Royal Pump RoomsA recently renovated historic building housing an Art Gallery and Museum, Library and Tourist Information Center, along with a cafe.
- Art Gallery and Museum. Open Tu,W,F,Sa 10:30AM-5PM; Th 1:30PM - 8PM; Su 11AM - 4PM; M closed. Free admission.
- Cafe. Open M-Sa 9:30AM-5PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Self-service cafe with a terrace.
- Leamington Library, +44 1926 742721. Open M 9:30AM-8PM, Tu 10AM-8PM, W 9:30AM-5PM, Th 9:30AM-8PM, Fr 9:30AM-5PM, Sa 9:30AM-4PM, Su 10AM-2PM. Once the large swimming hall of the baths, this part of the building is now home to a modern library.
Tourist Information Centre. Open M-Sa 9:30AM-5PM, Su Noon-4PM.
There is a new development of shops between the Town Hall and the Travelodge Hotel. On the other side of the Town Hall there is a tree lined avenue with new shops, cafes and restaurants.
Park Street and Regent Street have many small independent shops and it is well worth having a wonder round to find out some hidden gems. Also, Bedford Street is home to several small fashion stores.
Kismetaddress: 11 Spencer St.Very good Indian food at reasonable prices. The "buffet" is really a prix-fixe, but recommended.
address: 21 Bath Street
Amors Restaurantaddress: 15 Dormer Place
Bombay Tandooriaddress: 38 Regent Street West
address: 11 Euston PlaceUpmarket Chinese resataraunt
Paprika Clubaddress: 22 Regent Street West
Royal Buffetaddress: 16 High Street
- The Restaurant In The Park In Jephsons Gardens
Food to goaddress: 47 High StreetThe tastiest baps and baguettes in town with a great choice of filings.
Bars and pubs
Bar 44address: 126 Warwick Street East
Mooaddress: 24 Russell StreetFairly expensive, trendy bar at the top of town.
- Tavistock Inn, Tavistock Street.
Voodooaddress: 35 Regent Street WestKitsch bar popular with young people on the corner
- TJ's Bar & Bistro & TJ's Sports Bar, 45-47 Bath Street, +44 1926 312568
- Robbins' Well, A Scream Bar associated student pub opposite the Parish Church at the bottom of town, overlooking the river, notable for its impressive high-ceilinged interior.
- The Benjamin Satchwell the local Wetherspoons, in the centre of the parade
address: 4-6 Clarendon AvenueRelaxed traditional pub in central Leamington with outdoor courtyard
- The Old Library, Beside the Parish Church at the bottom of town.
- The Clarendon,
SmackVery popular with many student nights. Dingy and cramped despite recent refit. Often there are drinks promotions associated with Moo bar
EvolveSet in an old-cinema building, this light and airy club caters to the student population.
phone: +44 1926 312044address: 16 Warwick New Road
address: Avenue Road14 en-suite rooms.
phone: +44 1926 425522address: Olympus Avenue, Tachbrook Park
address: 45-47 Bath Street17 en-suite bedrooms, conference facilities, bars and restaurant. pick-up from local airports.
phone: +44 1926 429840address: 8 Clarendon Crescent, Leamington Spa, WarwickshireThis is a lovely B&B where guests are warmly welcomed by Christine and David. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and the breakfasts will keep you going through the day.
Take a bus to Warwick and visit Warwick Castle